Hello kids! Today I’m very happy to feature Michelle from Because Reading is Better than Real Life. You all probably know I have a HUGE weakness for Blog designs. Not only blog designs but anything that is visually pleasing. Art, drawings, landscaping, home décor, websites, book covers. You name it. So, I’m JUST SO IN LOVE with Michelle’s designs! Her blog, her button, her header, her Limabean Designs. Just take a look at the images below and tell me if they are not is just something you want to look at all day! Even though it was hard to choose my favorites of Michelle’s posts have to be her Task it Tuesday posts where she shares great organizational tips. Look at this planner! Isn’t this something EVERY book blogger should have?
So please meet the artist behind all this: Michelle. Michelle! Thanks for the interview
D: Michelle, you are a mom, a graphic designer and a blogger… how do you find the time to do it all?
M: I wonder that myself sometimes 🙂 It’s not easy but I also don’t stress myself out to much…sometimes I do. I try to keep a schedule but the kids always have my attention so if I am working on blogging stuff or designing something and they need me I will stop to help them. Some days I take a break to play games with the kids or just hang out with them. Fridays are my days off, so while the kids are at school I do most of my blogging stuff. I also do a lot of blogging stuff Saturday and Sunday Morning. I also do a lot of my design and blogging at the kitchen table which is at the center of the house, this helps me keep an eye on the kids and get my work done.
D: Can you described yourself in ten words?
This is probably one of the hardest questions EVER. I have a very hard time describing myself but I will try. Ten words…ok here goes…Wife, Mom, Artistic, Gamer, Coffee Drinker (this totally counts as one word) low self esteem (so does this), funny (at least I think so), Talker, Unique, Anxious, Nice. I hope that works, I never know what to say I am not good a describing myself at all.
D: You have been blogging for over three years now. How has blogging changed your life?
M: Wow, I never expected it to actually change by life but it did. I have always had no confidence in myself and I was never good at writing or telling people what I think or how I feel. So taking this huge step and starting a blog was scary. I never in my life thought it would be what it is. I meet some amazing friends and have more confidence in myself than I ever had. I still have my moments but I always have someone cheering me on and some of the people I have meet (not in person, yet) have become better friends to me than people I have known all my life.
D: What advice would you give to new bloggers?
M: Hmmm…I guess I would tell them that you don’t have to except every review you get. Netgalley isn’t a place to just get free books, you have to actually read them, the % will totally stress you out 🙂
D: If you could do something different what would it be and why?
M: I am not sure I would do anything different only because I learned from all my mistakes and have grown as a blogger because of what I have done up until this point. I wish I could comment more on friends blogs. I know I fail on that weekly. I have been trying very hard to get to everyone and visit some new people but I try and that is really all I can do.
D: How would you describe your blogger heaven?
M: I always wanted to open a coffee shop with a bookish store in it. Something small and cozy with big comfy couches, so I can sit, read and blog all day while drinking yummy coffee and writing amazing blog posts. Maybe one day I will really do it, that would be amazing! 🙂
D: Lexxie @ (Un) Conventional Book Views wanted to know how you can be so creative all the time and come up with the best features. And I would like to know what is your favorite feature and what is the story behind it. How did it come to be?
M: It’s so weird because they just come to me. I have always had a very vivid imagination. If someone just says something I can usually come up with something from what they say. I always try to find stuff that is different and I never know when an idea will pop in my head. Sometimes on the drive home from work I will have a thought and actually talk to myself in the car the entire way home working out all the details. I honestly am not sure why some of them pop into my head, they just do.
My favorite feature on my blog is My TBR List. When it first started I just wanted to spotlight books that were on my TBR list, for a while, that I haven’t read yet. I realized I wasn’t getting much action for this feature so I put it on hold for a few months, then the idea of making it more interactive came to me one day. I was going to have my followers vote on my next read, this way I was not only spotlighting a few books but also actually reading one. It was at that moment I also realized I wanted to share the feature with other people and have them join me and have people vote on their books too. It has been so much fun and I have been doing it for a year now. I have a few regular people that join up each month but I would love a few more. If you don’t know how it works it’s rather simple, you pick three books for people to vote on the first Saturday of the month. They have a week to vote then the next Saturday you announce which book won. You read the book and the last Saturday of the month you post a review. I have gotten to a lot of books I have always wanted to read this way and it’s just so much fun seeing which book will win. It went from being a feature to sort of becoming a meme.
D: So you never “back down from a challenge”! Atta girl! Any regrets? Can you tell us of any challenges you wish you had backed down from?
M: I can’t think of any that I backed down from, challenges are like a puzzle to me and I love working them out. Sometimes the more challenging it is the better. I am good at working things out and when life or whatever puts a challenge in front of me I do my best to get through it no matter how hard I have to fight. Whether it’s for the blog or real life, I am always up for a challenge.
D: Can you share your favorite creations as graphic designer?
M: I don’t really think I have any that is my favorite, that’s like asking me what my favorite book is lol. I have been doing graphics for 20+ years and I have done some amazing stuff and some crappy stuff but I am proud of it all. I have a Facebook page for my business Limabean Designs that has all my work on it. I recently did a header for my son and he loved it. That is why I love doing this because I want people to be proud to show off what I create for them so it doesn’t have to be my favorite it has to be what they love and how they want it. 🙂
D: Do you follow other non-bookish blogs? Which one are your favorite and why?
M: The only non-bookish blog I follow is The Bloggess. She cracks me up. I adore her stories and she is just a very unique person. I am almost jealous of her for being so awesome.
D: And finally, who should I interview next and what should I ask this blogger?
M: One of my favorite bloggers is Lola from Lola’s Reviews! She is a super sweet person and I am so happy to be able to call her my friend. She comes up with some amazing posts and one of my favorites is her recipe posts. I would love to know how she finds recipes and who taught her how to cook all that yummy food!
What about you my kids blogger friends? Do you have any questions for Michelle?
Leave a comment! Michelle and I would love to hear from you!
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